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Need Therapy? A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 22, 2011 at 11:39 am

This article written by Benedict Carey of The New York Times was a simply fantastic and interesting read.

In fact this article struck me more personally than most as I find it has mirrored my own experience.

This article speaks to the dearth of male therapists no matter what their discipline.

It speaks to the fact that psychiatry, psychology,marriage and family therapy as well clinical social work, counseling and addictions treatment is more than dominated by women but nearly completely.

It speaks of the lack of male therapists, students and even candidates to clinical programs.

I won’t get into the why so much in this introduction as the article speaks to that but I will say that for most male patients a shared life experience or acculturation is preferred.

There are simply differences in language, body posture and nuances that are oft subject to misinterpretation.

I have posted another article on the great need for African-American therapists for which I also believe this to be true.

As one of the first things that any therapist seeks to establish is a therapeutic alliance to have a person who looks like you, understands you and can relate to your experience is a plus.

Please enjoy this article and kindly tell me your thoughts: Let’s begin the dialogue.

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Need Therapy? A Good Man Is Hard to Find

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